The University of Delhi is a disorganised mess. Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, turns that attribute into a skill, and lately, under the controversial Four Year Undergraduate Programme, into a fine art.
Under the FYUP, every first year undergraduate student receives a free laptop from the university. Contrary to all expectations, we did actually get the laptops. And they were good ones too… mostly.
We knew we’d have to give them back at the end of the year. What we didn’t know was just how goddamn hard it would be!
From nine to five (literally) during our study holidays, we waited around in college, wondering just what was going on, no one really knowing what the exact process was after the mob (heads-up for non-Delhiites: there is no such thing as a line here) was dispersed from outside the confirmed venue of the returning process. Then there was the announcement of a token system, which had been happening since the morning (read: since after lunch, which ended at two), and getting tokens which numbered between 90 and 110. Oh, and to illustrate our frustration: at 3.30, the last token called in had been numbered… three.
So… rather than stick around uselessly till six, two of my friends and myself left our laptops with our friends who lived on campus, in the college hostel. It was a Friday; we had to be present to collect our examination admit cards the coming Monday anyway, so if we came early, we might be able to return them quickly. So saying, we left.
On Sunday morning, I received a call. It was from the friend with whom I’d left my laptop.
“Hey, what’s up?”
‘Hey, I need to know your laptop password.’
“Uh, sure. Why?”
“They’re checking the laptops at the return place, so I need your password to open it.”
“You’re returning my laptop?!”
“Yeah, why not?”
Late in the evening, I received a text from him. ‘Returned your laptop. Now you owe me like 5 Ferrero Rochers. ;)’
Yeah, all he wanted was chocolate.